TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. - Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at email@example.com. Visit www.sierrasun.com to submit events for the online calendar. Please limit descriptions to 50 words. E-mail for print submissions may be 150-300 words. Items published in the print edition news space permitting.'Big Day Out' at Fireside Pizza to support Big Brother Big Sisters January is National Mentoring Month. Help Big Brother Big Sisters of Nevada County & North Lake Tahoe celebrate and support mentoring by enjoying a meal at the Fireside Pizza in Squaw Valley between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. On this "Big" day out, Fireside Pizza Company will donate 10 percent of all items purchased to benefit BBBS in honor of National Mentoring Month.By supporting this event, you help the organization serve at-risk children ages 6-18 by providing them with the mentors they need. Big Brother and Big Sister mentors are mature, responsible, and caring individuals who serve as positive role models and friends. For more information about programs and various ways you can support BBBS visit www.bigsofnc.org.Rahlves' Banzai Tour Kickoff Party to benefit High FivesRahlves' Banzai Tour, presented by Bank of the West showcases ski and snowboard racing with four racers going head-to-head over natural terrain in ski and boarder-cross style action. Locals and visitors alike are invited to kick off the rowdiest ski and snowboard race in the Sierra with an evening of festivities benefiting High Fives Foundation, Jan. 31, 6-9 p.m., Hacienda Del Lago, Tahoe City. Hacienda del Lago will offer $2 tacos and $2 beers, as well as free entertainment and a live raffle. Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the evening and all raffle proceeds will go directly to High Fives Foundation. Red Bull will also donate $1 from every Red Bull beverage purchased throughout the evening."What the Truckee Airport means to the local economy" essay contestThe Truckee-Tahoe Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA No. 1073) EAA Chapter 1073 will award three scholarships to individuals who turn in the best essay about "What the Truckee Airport means to the local economy," 250 words or less. The chapter will award the winning individuals with a scholarship to attend Young Eagles Camp at Oshkosh, Wisc. in the summer of 2013. The award will be made to three different age groups, one for ages 12 or 13, one for ages 14 or 15 and one for 16 through 18. The dates of the camps are June 6-20, June 28 through July 3, and July 23-31. The due date for the turn in of the essays is Feb. 1, 2013. They can be turned in at the Truckee Airport front desk, or mailed to EAA Chapter 1073, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA, Box 8. Interested individuals should visit www.eaa1073.org for additional information about the camps and what the children will learn while in attendance.Support the Wolverine Booster ClubThe Truckee Wolverine Booster Club is partnering with Mary Meier to host a catalog party of Silpada Jewelry. Purchase high quality jewelry for your Valentine and 25 percent of your purchase will benefit students at Truckee High School. Party is open until Jan. 31. Check out the catalog at http://mysilpada.com/sites/public/content/jewelry/index.jsf or contact Mary Meier at 408-710-0187.The Truckee Wolverine Booster Club also has Truckee Football state championship photographs for sale at www.truckeeboosters.org. You can own a piece of history with a picture of the team after win #36 (3-peat picture) or after winning the fourth state championship in a row (4-peat picture). All funds raised benefit the students of Truckee High School.Parent have a night outParents' Night Out will be held Friday, Feb. 1, 6-10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Tahoe City. PNO will be held the first Friday night of each month during the school year. Children ages birth to 12 years old are welcome. A donation of $10 per child per evening is requested. Activities include: Bible story, craft, music, and a movie. Please feed your children dinner before bringing them. This is a drop-in program and no pre-registration is necessary. The church is located at 390 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City. For more information call 530-583-1534. Soup & Chili Showdown 2013 calling all cooksCold temperatures and early sunsets means it's time for a warm evening with friends, neighbors, and the Tahoe City Recreation Department. Join us for an evening of tasty soups, delicious chilis, and full stomachs.The Tahoe City Recreation Department invites all amateur and professional cooks to show off their culinary talent in this year's Soup & Chili Showdown on Friday, March 15 at Rideout Community Center, 6-8 p.m. Entry into the friendly competition is free, but pre-registration is required by Friday, March 1, 2013. This year's event will feature a variety of different categories in both the soup and chili division, along with raffle prizes. For more information or to register contact the Tahoe City Recreation office at 530-583-3440.Call to contract instructorsThe Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department seeks contract instructors for of classes and workshops at their facilities and recreation centers. From dance to art and tennis to fitness, contract instructors enhance the quality and variety of programs for the community.TCPUD is always looking for motivated, energetic and professional contract instructors to teach classes that enhance their vision and mission statements. To become an instructor, an individual must possess strong teaching skills; be positive, organized and dependable; have good communication skills; be prompt and reliable; and demonstrate a desire to develop and promote the program. Selections are made based on the instructor's qualifications and experience, date and time availability, preferred location, need for the program, and marketability.Currently, an emphasis is being place on culinary enthusiasts who can teach one or more cooking classes at the newly renovated commercial kitchen at Rideout Community Center. For more information contact the Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department at 530-583-3440 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Extended Dining for Schools datesSeveral North Tahoe and Truckee restaurants honor Excellence in Education's Dining for Schools cards during the extended period through March 28 including Dining Room at the Lodge at Sugar Bowl, Graham's at Squaw Valley, Jake's on the Lake, Pizza on the Hill, Rainbow Lodge, Rosie's Caf, Rocker@Squaw, Sandy's Pub at Squaw Creek, Six Peaks Grille at Squaw Creek, Sunnyside, Summit Restaurant at Soda Springs, The Lodge at Tahoe Donner, The Soule Domain and West Shore Caf.Dining for Schools cards are good for 50 percent off entrees, cost $50 each and entitle the purchaser to unlimited use April 7 through June 13, 2013 and the extended period. Purchase one at Porters Sports Truckee, Save Mart (Truckee and Tahoe City) and Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Mountain Hardware and www.ExinEd.org. Call 530-550-7984 or visit www.ExinEd.org for inquiries.Dads in Drag FundraiserComplimentary food, drink specials, live music by the King Steppers, a beautiful location at the Big Water Grille, and the best entertainment you'll find in Incline Village on Tuesday, Feb. 5. It's the annual Dads in Drag Fashion Show, a fundraiser for the Kings Beach Parents' Co-op. Take part in the Retro Prom Theme by coming dressed for the prom of your favorite era from the 1950s to the present - and beyond. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m., with a silent auction and the not-to-be-missed fashion show. Cost is $50 per person or $90 per couple. Contact the Kings Beach Parents Co-op for more information and tickets at 530-546-7519, www.kingsbeachparentscoop.org.Tahoe SAFE Alliance announcesFather Daughter Dance Calling all fathers, grandfathers and uncles. Dance the night away with that special little girl in your life. Tahoe SAFE Alliance announces tickets are on sale for the 4th Annual Father Daughter Dance on Friday, Feb. 8, 6-9 p.m. at Tahoe Biltmore Hotel in Crystal Bay, Nev. Entertainment will feature dancing, snacks, activity stations for all ages, portraits by Danielle Hankinson Photography and an opportunity to purchase a live action photo flipbook keepsake. This event is an opportunity for fathers to spend a memorable night with their daughters and leave with souvenirs.Tickets are $25 per father/daughter couple ($30 at the door) and $5 per additional child. Purchase tickets at www.tahoesafealliance.org. Scholarships are available for families in need. The Tahoe Biltmore invites you to enjoy a prix fixe dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m. Call 775-833-6724 for reservations.Sponsored by Dress the Part(y), Tahoe Forest Hospital District, North Tahoe Bonanza, Sierra Sun, and The Weekly.Rotary to host Valentine Party and Crab FeedValentine Party and Crab Feed announced for Feb. 15, 6-8 p.m. The Rotary Club of Tahoe City will host an all-you-can eat crab feed Friday night at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. Dinner will include fresh Bay Area Dungeness Crab, pasta, salad, bread and dessert. Cost is $45 adults and $20 children 14 and under. For tickets (limited) mail check made out to Rotary to Mike Baffone, P.O. Box 218, Kings Beach, CA, 96143 or call 530-546-0378.Student video contest offers $1,000 top prizesA national grassroots group is offering high school students the chance to win $1,000 and other cash prizes in a student video PSA contest.Population Connection, the nation's largest grassroots population organization, is again hosting its "World of 7 Billion" contest. Students in grades ninth-12th are asked to create a 30-45 second public service announcement that illustrates the connection between world population at seven billion and one of the following topics: Food security, wildlife habitat, or the global status of women and girls.Cash prizes will be awarded to four winners in each topic area. Three grand prize winners will receive $1,000. Participating teachers will receive free curriculum. The deadline for video submission is Feb. 21, 2013.For full contest rules or to see previous winning videos, please visit www.worldof7billion.org.Weekly Al-Anon meetings in TruckeeAre you concerned about someone's drinking? Get help. Weekly Al-Anon meetings in Truckee are held Monday, 7-8 p.m., Church of the Mountains, 10069 Church St., Truckee and Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Your anonymity is protected at all times. For other meetings in area call 775-348-7103 (English) or 775-384-4485 (Espanol) or visit www.al-anon.alateen.org.
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